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Mike Nowatzki, Published June 23 2009

Two men arrested after racing, hit-and-run

Fargo police arrested two men who allegedly were racing their pickups on the way home early Monday when one of them lost control, hit another pickup and fled the scene.

According to Sgt. Glen Hanson:

Police responded at 2:12 a.m. Monday to a hit-and-run accident near the intersection of Gold Drive and 18th Street South.

A parked Dodge pickup had been struck by a full-size Chevy pickup, which left the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing the driver who fled the scene sitting on a balcony of a nearby apartment complex.

Officers found the Chevy pickup in the parking lot at 2100 21st Ave. They later located its owner, Robert Lundstrom, 38, of Sioux Falls, S.D., hiding in a third-floor hallway of the building.

“He was visiting friends, and he was racing those friends home when he lost control and rammed into the pickup truck,” Hanson said.

Lundstrom was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and hindering law enforcement and taken to the Cass County Jail.

The driver of the other pickup, Daniel Reece, 24, of Fargo, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing and released. He initially claimed that he didn’t know anything about the accident or who Lundstrom was, Hanson said.

Lundstrom had removed the license plates from his pickup and put them behind the seat, but his DirecTV work ID was in the pickup along with other paperwork with his name on it, Hanson said. The pickup’s front end was damaged and had white paint marks from the vehicle it struck, he said.

Lundstrom and Reece are not employees of DirecTV but may do subcontracting or retail work for the company, said William Smiley, North Dakota site manager for DirecTV Home Services. The company requires subcontractors to carry DirecTV IDs, he said.

Lundstrom and Reece were listed as owners of the pickups they drove, Hanson said.

Lundstrom had been drinking alcohol, but he didn’t meet the threshold to be arrested for driving under the influence, Hanson said.

The parked pickup truck had significant damage, including a broken rear axle, Hanson said.

Lundstrom did not return a message left for him at the Cass County Jail.


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